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Free entry into Park Guell at night – best time for ticketless entry

Park Guell at night

Yes, that’s right. You can enter Park Guell for free at night.

As you may be aware, entering Park Guell is free. It is the only Park Guell’s monumental zone, which forms 5% of the park, that is access controlled.

The monumental zone is access controlled because most of architect Antonio Gaudi’s work is in this part of the park, and its what tourists pay to see.

Access controls are put in place at 8 am in the morning (during the low season months, it is at 8.30 am) and are removed at the closing time. The park’s closing time varies as per the season.

This means after the access controls are removed, you are free to go in.

Note: Do visit Gaudi’s other masterpieces in Barcelona such as Casa Batllo, La Pedrera, and Sagrada Familia.

Park Guell’s closing time

Low Season
1 Jan to 24 Mar: Last entry at 6 pm & access controls removed at 7 pm
28 Oct to 31 Dec: Last entry at 5.30 pm & access controls removed at 6.15 pm

Mid Season
25 Mar to 29 Apr: Last entry at 7.30 pm & access controls removed at 8.30 pm
27 Aug to 27 Oct: Last entry at 7.30 pm & access controls removed at 8.30 pm

High Season
30 Apr to 26 Aug: Last entry at 8.30 pm & access controls removed at 9.30 pm

Entering Park Guell at night

Couple in Park Guell at night
A couple sits on the beach in Park Guell’s terrace at night. Tourists on a budget prefer night visits to Park Guell because it helps them save ticket money. Dmitrijs Bindemanis / Shutterstock.com

Once the security bands are removed from the entrance of the Monumental Zone at night, tourists can walk in to explore Park Guell.

In fact, this is an open secret with seasoned tourists.

Those already aware of this trick to gain free entry into Park Guell at night start lining up in advance.

They reach Park Guell 10-15 minutes before closing time and wait for the access controls to be removed.

Using this not-so-popular trick, tourists can avoid paying the 7.5 Euros for their ticket and gain free entry into Park Guell at night.

To decide on what route to walk inside Park Guell, you can take the help of these Park Guell maps.

It is not just the tourists who make their way into Park Guell at night. A lot of salesmen perch themselves near the famed ‘Salamander’ trying to sell all kinds of curios.

Once inside Park Guell, you can stay for as long as you want. Just keep an eye on the Barcelona Metro timings, so that you can go back to your hotel safely. Everything about Park Guell Metro

Park Guell in the dark
While visiting Park Guell in the night for free is a lot of fun, it is much better to visit it during the day. After all, colors are an important part of the Park Guell experience. A. Aleksandravicius / Shutterstock.com

Questions Park Guell visitors have:
1. Best way to get to Park Guell
2. Best time to visit Park Guell
3. Is Park Guell tour worth it?
4. What are Park Guell hours?
5. How long does Park Guell tour last?

Should you visit Park Guell at night?

While it is possible to visit Park Guell at night and that too for free, we don’t recommend it for multiple reasons.

The beauty of Park Guell lies in its color and the landscaping. At night, you miss both.

Since Park Güell is a UNESCO World Heritage site, only limited artificial light sources are installed inside. This means, once the sun goes down at night, there is not much illumination in Guell Park.

If you have already seen Park Guell during the day, we recommend you make a second visit at night.

Since Park Guell is higher than the city of Barcelona, you get some of the best views of Barcelona city from Park Guell.

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If you book this ticket online, you save up to 1 Euro per ticket because you don’t pay ticket window surcharge. Because you don’t wait in ticket counter lines, you save time too!

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